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25 Apr. 2017 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.01% in mid-April (+1.65% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted declines through mid-April, as investors focused on upcoming European elections. Global equity markets declined, led by Italy, the UK and Germany, while US & Asian equities posted moderate declines. Interest rates declined across most regio
25 Apr. 2017 Determine what goes wrong with your investment model: Tips for regular model assessment [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: How do you kno
25 Apr. 2017 B. Riley Asset Management acquires rights to manage Dialectic hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Publicly traded and diversified financial services company B. Riley Financial, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Dialectic Capital, LLC and Dialectic Capital Management, LP to assign the rights to manage certain hedge funds managed by Dialectic to a subsidiary
25 Apr. 2017 Hedge funds holding Puerto Rico bonds are looking at a long battle [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds which bought Puerto Rico's distressed debt bonds are facing the prospect of a long road ahead to recover their investments as the Caribbean island is attempting to use a U.S. Congress-approved rule that allows it to exploit a bankruptcy-like proceedings
25 Apr. 2017 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator at 2.41% for April [more]
The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for April 2017 measured 2.41%, down from 3.48% in March. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for April 2017 of 2.41% represents a sharp improvement on a year-over-year basis from 2.94% reported in April of 2016," said Bill Stone, Chairm
25 Apr. 2017 Investcorp invests $160m in industrial real estate portfolio [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global provider and manager of alternative investment products Investcorp said its real estate arm has invested in an industrial portfolio of properties in the Chicago and Boston metropolitan areas amounting to $160 million. The portfolio includes six propertie
24 Apr. 2017 Hedge fund investors retreat from underperforming CTAs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds, Q1 2017 finds that the ongoing performance difficulties experienced by CTAs in the current market are having a negative effect on investor demand. CTAs suffered losses of 0.30% in Q1 2017 and have returned -1.07% over the past 12
24 Apr. 2017 Institutions' appetite for emerging market investment expected to grow over the next decade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OFI Global Asset Management, an OppenheimerFunds company, and Greenwich Associates, released Institutional Perspectives: The Future of Emerging Markets Investing, a new report examining how institutional investors are shifting their views on emerging market investi
24 Apr. 2017 Conway Investment Research gains operational control of Guggenheim Alternatives Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Conway Investment Research, LLC announced that it has acquired operational control of the Guggenheim Alternatives Platform from GP Feeder Fund Management, LLC. The platform, which provides qualified investors access to global alternative investment solutions, is now known
24 Apr. 2017 Butler students launch Bermuda-based captive insurer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An American university has chosen Bermuda as its domicile for the first known student-run captive insurance company. Students enrolled in the Davey Risk Management & Insurance Program at Butler University's Lacy School of Business in Indianapolis, IN, were grant
24 Apr. 2017 French Election Result: Not Yet a Done Deal [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Franklin Templeton Investments writes on Harvest Exchange: On paper, the result of the final round of the French election now looks to be
24 Apr. 2017 Allocators increase demand for alternative assets, new strategies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Context Summits of more than 200 institutions and family offices, representing prominent fund of funds, endowments, pensions, sovereign wealth funds and private investors, has found that these sectors are still committed to maintain their allocations to
24 Apr. 2017 Alternative asset firm YieldStreet surpasses $100m of loans funded in less than 8 quarters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative asset investment platform YieldStreet reported that it has surpassed $100m in loans funded in less than eight quarters from accredited investors and single family offices. YieldStreet was founded by Milind Mehere and Michael Weisz. In a
24 Apr. 2017 Heard Capital sees 'great opportunity despite the headlines' [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Heard Opportunity Fund LLC, a hedge fund that invests in the telecom, media, technology, financials, industrials and energy sectors, returned 6.7% in 2016, and 33.8% since its July 2011 inception - compared to the HFRX Equity Hedge Index's respective
24 Apr. 2017 Aris Wealth' quant indices fare well [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last year, Geneva-based Aris Wealth Management launched indices sponsored by Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking. These indices replic
21 Apr. 2017 How will blockchain impact the financial industry? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Johan Hillebrand writes on Harvest Exchange: Distributed ledger technology, such as blockchain, has been gaining a lot of attention as
21 Apr. 2017 Hedge fund assets rise three consecutive quarters to a record $3.07tln [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets reached $3.07 trillion in the first quarter of 2017 as the industry sustained its expansion to a third consecutive quarterly record as investors increased allocations to event driven and quantitative, trend-following systematic macro strategies, da
21 Apr. 2017 Market environment supportive of alternative strategies as global macro exposure to European equities hit five-year high [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Equities and energy commodities peaked in early March as risk appetite has faded lately. The moves follow a strong quarter for risk assets, said Lyxor Asset Management in its latest Hedge Fund Briefs. Lyxor AM Seni
21 Apr. 2017 Macquarie to buy the UK's Green Investment Bank [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Macquarie-led consortia of investors will privatize and acquire the UK's Green Investment Bank, a government-backed bank that uses public funds to invest in environmentally sustainable projects. The £2.3 billion ($2.9 billion) deal will keep the bank going
21 Apr. 2017 Schroders to acquire Adveq [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: British Asset Manager Schroders will acquire Swiss private equity firm Adveq for an undisclosed sum. Reuters was first to report news of the transaction. The deal will close in the second half of this year and Adveq will assume the name Schroders Adveq. Adv
21 Apr. 2017 Lithuanian Parliament introduces Magnitsky legislation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lithuanian Parliament on Thursday introduced a Magnitsky bill proposing to refuse entry to Lithuania to persons who have been involved in human rights abuses, money laundering and corruption. The bill is the initiative of Gabrielius Landsbergis, MP, chairman
20 Apr. 2017 French election has investors globally on knife edge, with future of EU in the balance [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Janus Capital Group writes on Harvest Exchange: The French presidential elections represent the greatest sou
20 Apr. 2017 Hedge fund Man Group reports 10% rise in assets in Q1, sees alpha opportunities ahead [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest listed and UK-based hedge fund firm Man Group has reported that its assets under management rose 10% in the first quarter of this year, helped by positive market moves and recent acquisition. Luke Ellis, chief executive officer of Man Group,
20 Apr. 2017 Volcker calls on global and US policymakers to stay committed to financial reform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former U.S. Federal Reserve board Chairman Paul A. Volcker and author of the Volcker Rule has called on global and U.S. policy makers to renew their commitment to a shared financial reform program. Volcker made the call in a speech he delivered at the 2017 Bretton W
20 Apr. 2017 Hedge funds show resilience amid political and geopolitical stress [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds proved resilient with most strategies being positive in the first half of April this year amid political and geopolitical uncertainties, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest Weekly Briefing. The L
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